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11:00 AM ET, July 26, 2010

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wikileaks.org:
Afghan War Diary, 2004-2010  —  25th July 2010 5:00 PM EST WikiLeaks has released a document set called the Afghan War Diary (AWD), an extraordinary compendium of over 91,000 reports covering the war in Afghanistan from 2004 to 2010.  —  The reports, while written by soldiers …
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New York Times:
Pakistan Spy Service Aids Insurgents, Reports Assert  —  Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan's military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington …
New York Times:
View Is Bleaker Than Official Portrayal of War in Afghanistan  —  This article was written and reported by C. J. Chivers, Carlotta Gall, Andrew W. Lehren, Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, and Eric Schmitt, with contributions from Jacob Harris and Alan McLean.  —  A six-year archive …
Guardian:
Massive leak of secret files exposes the real war in Afghanistan  —  • Hundreds of civilians killed by coalition troops  —  • Covert unit hunts leaders for ‘kill or capture’  —  • Steep rise in Taliban bomb attacks on Nato  —  • Read the Guardian's full war logs investigation
Mike Allen / The Politico:
W.H. condemns ‘irresponsible’ leaks, dismisses stories  —  The White House responded swiftly and sharply to publication Sunday evening of more than 91,000 secret documents painting a bleak picture of the Afghanistan war, calling the leak “irresponsible” and saying that the source …
Alana Goodman / NewsBusters.org:
Oliver Stone: ‘Jewish-Dominated Media’ Prevents Hitler from Being Portrayed ‘in Context’  —  Director Oliver Stone belittled the Holocaust during a shocking interview with the Sunday Times today, claiming that America's focus on the Jewish massacre was a product of the “Jewish domination of the media.”
Dan / Riehl World View:
Sherrod: “We Must Stop The White Man And His Uncle Toms ...”  —  First, a note of heartfelt appreciation for Joan Walsh of Salon.  Her moving post on Charles Sherrod - in defense of his wife, Shirley - provided the inspiration required to dust off my Google skills.
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E.J. Dionne Jr / Washington Post:
Enough right-wing propaganda  —  The smearing of Shirley Sherrod ought to be a turning point in American politics.  This is not, as the now-trivialized phrase has it, a “teachable moment.”  It is a time for action.  —  The mainstream media and the Obama administration must stop cowering …
Alexander Marlow / Big Government:
Shirley Silenced: Sherrod Shut Out of Sunday Talk-shows
Mike Allen / The Politico:
House leaders squeeze Rangel  —  Increasingly impatient House Democratic leaders are prodding Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) to make a deal with the ethics committee before charges against him are unveiled on Thursday, top Democratic officials told POLITICO.  —  Fellow Democrats told POLITICO …
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
GOP lawmakers optimistic about ‘no’ votes
Jared Allen / The Hill:   House Dems count down final week
Shane D'Aprile / Ballot Box:
Rangel may hurt fellow Dems with ethics trial yet keep his own seat
Discussion: New York Post
Tom Maguire / JustOneMinute:
Fact Checking Bob Schieffer's Call For Better Fact Checking  —  Bob Schieffer of CBS News ‘Face The Nation’ is irrationally exuberant over the Shirley Sherrod debacle; he calls on the New Media to adopt the rigorous fact checking of our diligent Old Media but delivers this baffler:
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CNN:
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KUSA-TV:
Buck: Tea Partiers questioning Obama's citizenship ‘dumbasses’  —  Lori Obert written by: Adam Schrager 13 hrs ago  —  KUSA - U.S. Senate candidate Ken Buck refers to members of the Tea Party who question the President's citizenship as “dumbasses” in an audio recording obtained by 9NEWS and The Denver Post.
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Adam Serwer / American Prospect:
Defining Lynching Down.  —  My apologies for being in Shirley Sherrod overdrive recently, but this piece from Jeffrey Lord nearly made my eyes pop out of my head.  After reviewing the Screws case, Lord concludes that Sherrod lied about Sheriff Claude Screws lynching Bobby Hall …
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Lynching of Bobby Hall
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Frank Newport / Gallup:
More States “Competitive” in Terms of Party Identification  —  Democrats lose ground, while Republicans gain  —  PRINCETON, NJ — More states are politically competitive this year than was the case in 2009, as fewer Americans nationwide identify with the Democratic Party.
Jonathan Strong / The Daily Caller:
Journolist debates making its coordination with Obama explicit  —  Sarah Palin's speech to the 2008 Republican convention impressed more than a few doubters, including even some members of Journolist, an online community for liberal journalists.  —  “This speech is gangbusters,” wrote Ari Melber of the Nation.
Reuters:
Senate Democrats to introduce energy bill  —  (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will unveil as early as Monday a slimmed-down energy bill seeking to make offshore drilling safer and convert trucks to run on domestic natural gas.  —  The full Senate could begin consideration …
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David Brody / The Brody File:
Exclusive: Senator Harry Reid Interview on The Brody File
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Who Cooked the Planet?  —  Never say that the gods lack a sense of humor.  I bet they're still chuckling on Olympus over the decision to make the first half of 2010 — the year in which all hope of action to limit climate change died — the hottest such stretch on record.
Discussion: Ezra Klein
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:
President Obama to Appear on ABC's ‘The View’  —  Will Become First Sitting U.S. President to Visit Daytime TV Talk Show  —  President Obama will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit a daytime TV talk show when he tapes an interview Wednesday with ABC's “The View.”
Discussion: CNN, New York Magazine and Gothamist
Laurie Goodstein / New York Times:
Lutherans Offer Warm Welcome to Gay Pastors  —  With a laying on of hands, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on Sunday welcomed into its fold seven openly gay pastors who had until recently been barred from the church's ministry.  —  The ceremony at St. Mark's Lutheran Church …
Discussion: The Reaction
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Care and Feeding of the Liberal Psyche  —  I have a Netroots Nation wrap piece up at The Daily Beast saying that progressive activists are depressed and the White House hasn't done very much to offer the kind of psychic goodies that keep people's spirits up: … My prescription to cure the malaise is Elizabeth Warren:
Discussion: TalkLeft
 
 
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James W. Ceaser / Weekly Standard:
The Unpresidential President  —  Barack Obama has managed a rare feat …
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Sean J. Miller / Ballot Box:
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Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
How to Fire Up the Helicopters  —  Bruce Bartlett despairs …
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Scaled-back version of the oil spill package may still hit rough waters
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Sara / Sweden Israel and the Jews:
Attack Against the Synagogue in Malmö Revives Threat Concerns …
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Wall Street Journal:
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James Surowiecki / New Yorker:
BLAME GAMES  —  The U.S. economy is limping along.
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